Due to logistical issues, we are currently unable to accept compost at our Mueller market. We are hoping to bring the program back in the future – read more about our April 2022 Compost Fundraiser.
Check out our compost guide that lists what we can accept! We work with Break it Down Austin, a commercial composting facility that enables us to also accept things like meat, bones, and dairy.
Many food containers, utensils, and bags can be composted – if they have a label that says “100% compostable”, we can accept it!
We work with a local organization called Break it Down that picks up our compost from the market each week. Here’s what they do with it!
“First, we haul your organic compost material back to our warehouse for processing, where our dedicated staff goes through the material by hand to remove contamination (trash and recycling). Then, some of the material that is safe for animal consumption – fruits and vegetable scraps – is hauled to a local pig farm, and the rest (meat, bones, and compostable service ware items) we process at our property or we haul to our partner facility for composting. The material is collected into long piles called windrows, where it receives the proper amount of moisture and oxygen to break down aerobically. The core temperature reaches 160 degrees in those piles, which is why we can break down meat and bones as well as compostable service ware. In 3-6 months, the material becomes fertile soil amendments, which is primarily used in local farming to reduce dependence on problematic synthetic fertilizers, creating a closed ecological loop within our community here in Central Texas.”
Approximately one third of the food in the US gets wasted. When food waste goes into landfills, it emits gases that are harmful to the environment – Globally, wasted food accounts for about 8 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions (source).
Rather than putting food waste into landfills, composting creates an environment in which natural organisms flourish and the matter can decompose quickly into a rich, soil-like matter. This nutrient-dense fertilizer is like gold for farmers, and cuts down the need to use synthetic fertilizers.
Aside from composting, there are a lot of great ways to cook with parts of vegetables and produce that you may normally toss in the trash! Get inspired by our collection of zero waste recipes.
If you have any questions about our compost program, please reach out to [email protected].